Monday, May 4, 2015

Oviparous Animals... An EGG-cellent Unit!

May??!!  What?  When did that happen?  Friends... The last month has been C.R.A.Z.Y.

This is the first year that we have ever gotten out of school in May... and while I'm LOVIN' the thought of finishing early, I've felt the pinch of trying to "fit in all in!"

Perhaps you've "been there."   A million things on your TO-DO LIST... but never enough time to check them all off!

And as much as I love and value blogging and TPTing, my TEACHing always comes first!  So... even though my blog has been like a field of chirping crickets lately...I assure you that my classroom has been full of activity!   I've got SO MUCH to share with you in regard to what has been happening in my k-classroom this spring!  I can't blog about it all in on post, however, so I will start with highlighting some of my favorite parts of the oviparous animal unit I've been working on for the past few weeks...

Here are a few of the TPT resources I have been using throughout my unit.  The GREAT part of these units, is that they are "beefy!"  They include a LOT of activity ideas, so you can pick and choose which ones you like...and ignore the ones you don't find useful!

Oviparous Animals - A Literacy, Math, Writing, Science MEGA Unit

Incredible Egg Oviparous Math Work Stations-Common Core

I also used this little video to introduce my oviparous animal unit.  The kids always think it's hilarious!

Of course, the book "Chickens Aren't the Only Ones" by Ruth Heller is an ESSENTIAL resource if you're doing a unit on egg laying animals!   There used to be an AWESOME thirty minute Reading Rainbow video on all things OVIPAROUS that was great... but due the fact that there is a "new" Reading Rainbow... it was taken off of YouTube.  {Super Bummer!}  However, a few smaller snippets remain on YouTube that are still pretty good.  Here is one that I used this year....

We also used the Scholastic "Let's Find Out" magazine and online resources to do learn more about OVIPAROUS animals! 

The BIG FAVORITE (of both the kiddos and myself) was our oviparous animal research project.  
It was simple, yet powerful!  

After spending a week reading books and watching video clips about oviparous animals, we began our oviparous animal research projects.  Sound dull?  Well... it was NOT!  It truly was a blast!  

To introduce the project, I knew I needed a fun and engaging "hook," so I filled several dozen plastic (Easter-type) eggs with pictures of a wide variety of oviparous animals.   I took them outside during a short break and hid them around the playground.  I explained that we were going to start an awesome new research project, and that each child would be assigned a specific oviparous animal which to study.   In order to find out which animal they would be assigned, they had to go on an egg hunt....find an egg, open it...and see what type of animal was inside!  The animal inside their egg would be their assigned research animal.
Above are a few pics of from our "hunt!"

The kids had a blast and were SO excited to get started on their research!  
I knew I was "on to something" that other teachers might like to try with their classes, so at that moment I decided to make a TPT unit on this research project. {More info about that in a bit!}

Being straight up honest, it was quite a pain to look up pics for that many oviparous animals and copy and paste pics from the 'net.  The pics you see above are from my "original" attempt at the egg hunt. What I ended up creating resulted in being much better... and much more visually appealing! LOL

Next, when we went inside,  I recorded the animals that each kiddo found during the hunt and wrote them on research project send-home packets that I created.  

The cover page of the packet explains what the project is all about (to parents) and gives the directions for kiddos to complete some VERY simple research at home...which they will then return to school.  When the research is returned, we complete the research projects in class.  

Here are a few peeks at this project in action....

(Kindergartner working on project)

(Middle school student completing project)

Here are some of my kinders' finished projects...

Here are a few middle school student projects...

If you teach about oviparous animals in your class and want to know more about this project, you check it out by clicking on the image below! 

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